New Year's Day
True work

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Fox Thieves by Ericilcane

Fox drawing by Arthur RackhamLet's kick off the new year with some kick-ass tunes from We Banjo 3, whose Irish/Old Time/Bluegrass music has been in heavy rotation in my studio lately. The group consists of two pairs of brothers from Galway, Ireland: Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley. (That's Fergal on fiddle, and other three on banjos, guitars, and mandolins.) They've got two fine CDs out so far: Roots of the Banjo Tree and Gather the Good. I haven't caught them live yet, but it's on my Wish List.

Above: "The Fox" (with a jig and a reel: "Tripping Up the Stairs" and The Clumsy Lover"), performed at the Hebridean Celtic Festival on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland (2014).

 Below: "Gonna Write Me a Letter," performed An Taibhdhearc Theatre in Galway (2013).

We Banjo 3

Third, below:

"We All Need More Kindness in this World," performed at Whelan's in Dublin, Ireland (2013). And we certainly do.

Fox by Jackie Morris

Last, below:

"Prettiest Little Girl in the County," filmed at the Spiegeltent multi-genre music festival in Wexford, Ireland last summer.

The Hen and the Fox by Walter Crane
The foxy art above is by Ericilcane, Arthur RackhamJackie Morris, and Walter Crane.